Getting kids to drink enough fluids in the warmer months can be a task. It goes without saying that regular tap water and plain milk are the best drinks for kids. They’re both perfect for hydration, and even on hot days or after playing sport, kids don’t need anything else. Teaching children habitual plain water drinking is a gift for a healthy life!
Sometimes though, it’s time for a treat. Or maybe you’re a little bit concerned about them if they’re sick and not eating well. I’m a big fan of Brownes Dairy, so when they asked if I could do a post about their flavoured milk for kids, it made sense to say yes as I already had it in the fridge! Instead of a straight up review, I’ve done a comparison of two juices and two milks marketed for kids to see which are the healthiest treats that won’t push them over their added sugar limit.
Kids’ Drinks Compared
Most flavoured milks and juices (even 100% juice) are just too sugary for the lunchbox or for having regularly as a treat. They cause tooth decay, fill up little tummies so they’re not as hungry for healthy meals and can cause fussy eaters to lose their appetite (making them even fussier at meal times). Kids under 2 years shouldn’t have any added sugars in their diet. Older kids should have as little as possible and definitely no more than 6 teaspoons (25g) a day.
Round 1: The Juices
The Daily Juice Multi V Heros (250ml)
18.8g sugar (7.5g per 100ml)
Ingredients: reconstituted fruit and vegetable juices, acidity regulator, preservative, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, natural flavours, folate.
Pop Tops Fruit Drink (250ml)
14.8g sugar (5.9g per 100ml)
Ingredients: water, reconstituted juice, sugar, food acid, flavour, preservatives, natural colour
The Pop Tops had less sugar than the Daily Juice, but less juice as it was diluted with water, then re-sweetened with sugar! A 250ml juice contains all the sugar of 4 oranges, without the benefit of fibre, so this sugar counts as added sugar. A serve of juice is only 125ml, but most Pop Tops and juice boxes are double this. Kids don’t need the vitamins from juice, they’ll get enough from a few serves of fruit and vegetables. Fruit ‘drinks’ are only 30% juice and have added sugar and artificial colours too. Neither of these are a good option. If you must have juice, choose 100% juice (fresh if possible) and limit it to 125ml.
Round 2: The Flavoured Milks
Pauls Milky Max (250ml)
25.8g sugar (10.3g per 100ml)
Ingredients: milk, water, milk, milk solids, sugar, natural flavour, colour, mineral salt, stabiliser, Vitamin A, Vitamin D
Browne’s Dairy A Hint Of… Strawberry (400ml)
17.6g sugar (4.4g per 100ml)
Indredients: milk, strawberry puree (strawberry, ascorbic acid), natural flavours
The Brownes Dairy’s A Hint Of milk range has no added sugars, the sugar is from the natural lactose present in milk. However, Milky Max exceeds the daily added sugar limit!. Brownes A Hint Of is the only one of the four drinks that doesn’t count towards the 6 teaspoons added sugar limit. It also has the shortest and most impressive ingredients list of all four drinks. 250ml of milk counts as serve of dairy, so one bottle can be shared.
The Final Word
If you’ve got a child who has lost their appetite with illness or just won’t have plain milk or yoghurt, Brownes A Hint Of milk range could be their perfect treat. All the goodness of milk (because it is milk), a hint of flavour and no added sugar or nasties. Try it blended with ice into a frappe for an after school treat. They come in chocolate, strawberry, banana and vanilla.
This post was sponsored. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience.
Sarah Moore is a mum, and university qualified Registered Nutritionist. She has 10 years’ experience working with families to improve their health and well-being. Sarah has a simplistic and practical approach to family nutrition and wants you to know that activated unicorn berries are not the answer to your health and wellness. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram for more healthy tips and tricks.